Historic Plymouth destination
Royal William Yard is the most exciting mixed-use neighbourhood in Plymouth, situated on a 15-acre site with its own marina and dramatic views across Plymouth Sound.
The yard was originally constructed between 1825 and 1831 as a British Navy victualling facility (which, for those of you not up on your military history, means it was where the navy’s food, drink and supplies were processed).
The design led redevelopment of Royal William Yard has made it one of the South West’s most talked about places and its now a buzzing neighbourhood full of homes, restaurants, bars, a cinema, offices, artists spaces and a hotel. Its 215 apartments and 115,000 sq. ft. of commercial space house a vibrant mix of people and businesses. Plus, a programme of markets, cultural events and exhibitions bring thousands more to visit throughout the year.
With spaces suitable for anything from start-ups, pop-up coffee shops to large restaurants or established businesses, this is a place where you can feel at home, attract quality staff and watch your business thrive. We look forward to helping you be part of it.
The award winning architects, Ferguson Mann, and now Gillespie Yunnie have designed the buildings to maximise flexibility and provide for a modern office, retail and restaurant environment, yet retain as many of the original features of the building as possible.
Described by WhatHouse as “possibly the South West’s most stunning development”, it breathes new life into one of Britain’s most important groups of historic military buildings. Now home to a bustling community, Royal William Yard is a place where offices, apartments, restaurants, bars, leisure businesses and galleries rub shoulders, as waves lap the shore on three sides.
Steeped in history
The yard was the major victualling depot of the Royal Navy and an important adjunct of Devonport Dockyard following the Napoleonic Wars.
Designed by the architect Sir John Rennie and named after King William IV the impressive site occupies approximately 16 acres (65,000 m2) being half of Western Kings, north of Devil's Point. Grade I listed, it was converted to an up-market mixed use development by Urban Splash.
Described as the grandest of the royal victualling yards, 'in its externally largely unaltered state it remains today one of the most magnificent industrial monuments in the country'.
Meet the designer
Gillespie Yunnie Architects
RIBA South West Architect of the year 2014
The practice has a particular interest in finding contemporary solutions for constrained and historic environments with expertise in the creative re-use and re-invention of existing buildings.
Creative interventions and respect for the beautiful original architecture have helped create a stunning place to live and work –and have led to a raft of awards.
Royal William Yard is a place where thousands of people live and work. But with its beautiful buildings, stunning views, great restaurants, leisure facilities, bakery and galleries, it’s a destination too. There’s always something going on here.
You can try yoga or fitness classes on the lawn, take the stunning, award-winning steps down to the famous South West Coast Path, rent a paddleboard from Firestone Arches or take a dip in the tidal swimming pool at Firestone Bay. There’s also a regular programme of events all year round, including craft and food markets, seasonal events, pop-up arts performances such as the Invisible Circus’ street entertainers, wall dancers, The Barbican Theatre and Plymouth Art to name a few.
To date we have won 400 awards for architecture, regeneration, marketing and enterprise.
Check out some of the awards Royal William Yard has won below.